Box office pits 3D Beauty and the Beast against Contraband, Joyful Noise.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast, reincarnated in 3D should top the box office charts this weekend, playing in 2.625 theaters. Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers and Angela Lansbury voice the main cast of the Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise-directed film which first saw theaters back in 1991, and went on to capture two Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score and Best Music, Original Song.
Universal Pictures' Contraband action thriller helmed by Baltasar Kormákur, finds 2,836 theaters, with a cast including Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Giovanni Ribisi, Ben Foster, Caleb Landry Jones and Lukas Haas. Pic should take second place with relative ease over Paramount's current number one horror The Devil Inside, running in its sophomore weekend.
Warner Bros. Pictures' musical comedy/drama Joyful Noise should pose no threat to the top three films with its opening in 2,735 theaters. Starring in the Todd Graff-directed and scripted film are Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, Keke Palmer and Courtney B. Vance.
The remainder of the field includes Anchor Bay Films' effective thriller The Divide, starring Lauren German, Milo Ventimiglia, Michael Biehn, Courtney B. Vance (also in Joyful Noise) and Michael Ecklund. Xavier Gans directs from the script by Karl Mueller and Ron Sheean. Only 7 theaters get this one.
IFC Films releases two offerings, each in one New York-based theater. The first is Albatross starring Felicity Jones, Sebastian Koch and Julia Ormond; a drama is helmed by Niall MacCormick who makes his feature-length directorial debut, helming from the writing by Tamzin Rafn.
The other is Loosies with Twilight co-star Peter Facinelli scripting as well as starring along with Michael Mdasen, Jamie Alexander, Joe Pantoliano, Christy Carlson Romano, William Forsythe and Vincent Gallo.
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